Long Beach State Takes Care of Business in 3-0 Win at Pacific
Feb. 1, 2014
STOCKTON, Calif. - The sixth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team needed just 65 minutes to top Pacific, 25-22, 25-12, 25-16, for its third-straight victory Saturday evening at Alex G. Spanos Center.
Senior Ian Satterfield was nearly unstoppable as he finished with 13 kills and no errors on 23 swings for a season-best .565 hitting percentage. Senior Taylor Crabb registered a match-high 15 kills to go along with seven digs, while classmate Dalton Ammerman chipped in nine kills, a match-best eight digs and two service aces.
LBSU (6-3, 5-3 MPSF) had four players hit at least .400 and finished the night with a .396 team hitting percentage. The 49ers also had a season-high six aces.
Crabb started the first set off with back-to-back kills and Long Beach State continued to go up, 9-6. Pacific then came back with a 6-2 spurt to take its only lead at 12-11. LBSU quickly answered with a 5-2 run of its own to pull ahead, 16-14. The 49ers continued to side out from there and a Satterfield kill eventually gave the visitors the 25-22 victory.
Long Beach State raced out to a 5-1 lead in set two. Pacific would close the gap to one, but LBSU responded with an 11-2 run, capped by a Chris van Vuuren ace, to go up, 20-10. The 49ers then finished out the set at 25-12 on a solo block from Connor Olbright.
The third set went back-and-forth in the early going with six tie scores before LBSU broke it open with an 8-0 run to go on top, 14-6. The 49ers continued to roll, going up by as many as 10 en route to the 25-16 win.
Long Beach State held Pacific (1-8, 0-6 MPSF) to a .145 hitting percentage. Thomas Hodges led the Tigers with 11 kills.
The 49ers will have a week off before wrapping up its four-match road swing at UCLA (Feb. 12) and UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 14).